We won BEST OF HOUZZ! A huge THANK YOU to my amazing design team, to our incredible clients and to the professionals in the Houzz community for helping us win BEST OF HOUZZ for the 6th consecutive year! Keep reading to see what the buzz is about!

What is Houzz, you say? See the press release below, as well as some of our client reviews that played a huge role in securing our Houzz Client Satisfaction award. We were also presented with the highly coveted Houzz Design Award! Keep reading for pics of some of our latest interior design projects.



Awarded Best Of Houzz 2018

Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World

OVERLAND PARK, KS USA January 17, 2018 – Design Connection, Inc. of Overland Park, KS has won “Best Of Design” and “Best of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The The 35+ year-old full-service interior design firm, Design Connection, Inc., under the direction of Arlene Ladegaard, was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2017. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2018” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“The Houzz community selected a phenomenal group of Best of Houzz 2018 award winners, so this year’s recipients should be very proud,” said Liza Hausman, Vice President of Industry Marketing at Houzz. “Best of Houzz winners represent some of the most talented and customer-focused professionals in our industry, and we are extremely pleased to give them both this recognition and a platform on which to showcase their expertise.”

About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

 Here’s what our clients had to say:

“Arlene and the team came up with a design to make better use of our kitchen space, add storage for kids’ toys and games and to update all of the fixtures and flooring. The entire process was simple for us, Arlene’s team came up with materials, drawings and designs and we approved the approach…

…The contractors that Design Connection used are some of the best I have ever encountered. They were all experienced craftsmen who arrived on time and did not leave a mess. This is important when you have people in your house every day for two to three months! The entire project finished on-time and on-budget…   …When we originally built our house, the punch list seemed to be a long and drawn out process. The small list we had was completed before furniture was delivered! I can’t stress enough how easy this part was.” Read more about this project here.


“Arlene, my husband and I would like to thank you for all your time, knowledge and generosity with our kitchen remodel.

Everything looks great! We are very happy! You have an exceptional team. Bailey was so nice to get to know and did an expert job working with all the subs and keeping everything on schedule. It was a pleasure to work with all your team, Pam Shane and Courtney.” Read more about this project here.


“I recently worked with Arlene and her team on a whole house renovation. She listened and was quick to pick up on exactly my taste, wants and needs. The finished product is stunning and a total transformation of a house stuck in the 70’s to a sophisticated open floor plan reflecting today’s beautiful finishes and design.

… Her scope of work ranged from removal of walls, total kitchen, powder room, master bedroom and en-suite, furniture, rugs, etc. down to napkin rings! Beautiful. So very much fun working with Design Connection and their strong leader, Arlene Ladegaard. Bravo.” See more rooms from this whole home project here.


“Arlene is a creative designer who listened to our ideas of what we wanted and came up with plans to make the outcome lovely. She let us know what the design cost would be as soon as she had a developed design. Design Connection is organized into a team of people who divided up supervision of the tasks involved in the remodeling project to insure its successful and on-time completion…

…She brought quality contractors into the project who delivered good results. Before any work began, we were given a day-by-day calendar that indicated who would be in our house and what they would be doing during the 3-month project. We are enjoying the final product!” Read more about this project here.


“Arlene Ladegaard absolutely excels at interior design. She really listens to her clients as to their goals, lifestyles, tastes, preferences, and budget. She’s not a designer who has to have it her way, or else. She is at once collaborative, professional, and instructive. All of her design team members are a pleasure to work with, and are extremely responsive and helpful…

… I had never worked with an interior designer for a complete project before hiring Arlene. She completely transformed my living room from a mismatched hodgepodge of furniture to a coordinated, balanced, “grown up” room that both respects and accentuates the architecture of my home. I can now entertain friends, family, and clients in both style and comfort. I will, without hesitation, recommend her to friends, colleagues, and clients whenever the opportunity arises. Thank you Arlene!” Read more about this project here.

See our favorite Before & After interior design transformations from 2016 here!